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CEO Of Guess Watches Welcomes Apple To The Fray

black watch face with welcome In what amounts to a “welcome” turned sputtering softball aimed at Apple’s broad side, the CEO of Guess Watches Cindy Livingston wrote an open letter to Apple while, at the same time, proclaiming her own interest in the smartwatch world. Guess, a fashion brand founded in the 1980s, is best known for dress watches known as “department store styles”: the kind of… Read More
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John Biggs

September 15th

Apple

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Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

Chester_Cheetah It’s not every day that you see a robotic electric cheetah traipse merrily on the MIT quad and football field, but here you go: the Cheetah, a robot that will be able to run as fast as 30 miles per hour, is now wandering about untethered like Big Dog’s jumpy younger brother. The Cheetah was made at MIT’s Biomimetics Lab and features a light, powerful collection of electric… Read More
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John Biggs

September 15th

Gadgets

Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

un_apprentissage_chez_swatch_group_4 A source said that Swatch Group head Nicolas Hayek Jr., son of the late SG CEO Nicolas Hayek, is adamant that the company would not be pursuing smartwatches inside Swatch itself or within any of the many Swatch brands. The source said that Hayek Jr. felt “burned” by a 2004-2005 MSN SPOT watch partnership that fizzled and is avoiding mention of smart watches in general. “He… Read More
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John Biggs

September 15th

Apple

Gadgets

Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert, The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

2014-09-12 11.04.22-2 For years the Tissot T-Touch line has been Switzerland’s unique answer to the quartz hiking watch. While other manufacturers offered analog quartz pieces, Tissot has been the only company that has tried to take on the altimeter-barometer-thermometer uber watches made by Casio, Seiko and Citizen. And they’ve done a great job so far. The latest model is the Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert. Read More

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John Biggs

September 14th

Gadgets

Seed Is Creating A Truly Idiot-Proof Internet Of Things

seed key hand _lamps2 In the vast panoply of potential home networking protocols, there are only a few worth worrying about. Wi-Fi works well but it can go down and ZigBee and the like are sparsely supported. But Bluetooth Smart is local, secure, and easy to use. And that’s what Seed Labs is using to connect our lamps, our blinds, and even our tea kettles. This Polish startup has built a small chip –… Read More

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John Biggs

September 12th

Gadgets

The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

Apple Watch A jewelry contact familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the gold, 18-karat version of the Apple Watch could cost around $1,200 retail when it launches in January. This has been corroborated, based on size and weight, by jewelers familiar with the material Apple is using to make its Apple Watch Edition pieces. It should be noted that this is an estimate and the piece could come in… Read More

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John Biggs

September 12th

Apple

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Samsung Attacks Apple’s Keynote With “It Doesn’t Take A Genius” Ads

mac-01 Samsung has released a series of videos lampooning this week’s Apple announcement, a move that is at once familiar and not unexpected. There are six of them in total, including one on screen size, in a series called “It Doesn’t Take A Genius.” Collect them all. After years of cringey, tone-deaf commercials, the company has finally grown a few claws and even made fun… Read More

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John Biggs

September 11th

Apple

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Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

canviz Boring old pictures are, without a doubt, boring. That’s why there’s Canviz. Designed by artists to allow them to share animated photographs and graphics, Canviz is a “museum grade” screen for your wall. Writes the creator, MM Waters: This project began with an idea my wife had. She wanted to create living portraits of ourselves, places we go, things we do,… Read More

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John Biggs

September 10th

Gadgets

Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

apple0288 So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland. When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was. However, as I thought about what the Apple Watch was (and wasn’t) I’ve come to a more nuanced… Read More

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John Biggs

September 10th

Gadgets

Palate Is A Smart Grill That Takes The Work Out Of Cooking

Product shot, plated with cut steak While the standard George Foreman has long been the go-to grill for busy executives on the go, it’s time for Big George to hang up his gloves. Palate Smart Grill is on the scene and launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. This smart grill will cook almost any food perfectly based on weight, composition, and desired done-ness and can be controlled via your mobile device. Read More

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John Biggs

September 9th

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